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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPASierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

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87
very good

4,231 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,231
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 60
Gots: 232 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kaseydad on 12-29-2011)
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caahare

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-14-2014 19:44:20 | More by caahare
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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-14-2014 15:24:51 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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Irish_roamer

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this to be a nice change up from the standard Sierra IPA which is one of my go to beers. Beautiful color, medium head. Spicy on the tongue. This one of those beers that is very tasty, yet wouldn't drink more than a couple in a sitting. Still a great value beer at 14.99 for a 12 pack

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 10:43:07 | More by Irish_roamer
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-14-2014 04:21:26 | More by PaulyB83
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puckee

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can you really review a beer without considering its price?

Most Sierra Nevada beers are an outstanding value. The legendary (and over-hyped) beer in my area is Surly Abrasive. Great beer, but way too expensive. Hopslam? Outrageous.

Ruthless Rye has a ton of flavor. Nice West Coast hops. Earthy. Dare I say umami?

If you want flavor and richness without the high alcohol and without a high price tag, check this out. One of my go-to beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 03:22:24 | More by puckee
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voidrunner

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-14-2014 01:19:16 | More by voidrunner
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Weeble0907

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-14-2014 01:13:51 | More by Weeble0907
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AUGRAD06

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-13-2014 18:15:09 | More by AUGRAD06
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ChrisMyhre

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-13-2014 17:18:37 | More by ChrisMyhre
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Knobpolisher

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-13-2014 03:15:24 | More by Knobpolisher
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Plissken

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-12-2014 23:25:23 | More by Plissken
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TerryB

Indiana

3/5  rDev -22.9%

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jamvt

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

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shadowofthereaper_666

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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MtOrion

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -22.9%

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DeFaz

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After drinking a DIPA, I found this to be actually more intense, overwhelming, alcoholic, and difficult to drink. The beer pours a copper color with a medium head and pretty good retention. The smell is peppery, alcoholic, and spicy. The taste is also spicy (from the rye) with a solid malt backing but not a whole lot of the IPA flavors that I enjoy. The pepper from the rye seems to crush everything else. The thickness and carbonation are fine, but the rye creates an unpleasant aftertaste. Overall, I'm fairly new to rye beers and I understand that some of my complaints about this beer are simply a result of the rye, but perhaps there should be somewhat less of it. I really enjoyed Founder's Red Rye, but the taste here just didn't do it for me. By far this is the worst Sierra Nevada beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

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chefdave37

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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cw13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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durwood64

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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MPSTARR

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Rast

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Australia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 4,231 ratings.